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Tips for managing clients' health care expenses in retirement

March 27, 2017

Survey after survey shows that health care expenses in retirement are a top concern for clients, and financial advisers are finally taking notice. According to a 2017 Survey conducted by The American College of Financial Services, advisers reported...

Hiring freeze and budget cuts impact Social Security claims

March 27, 2017

Last week, 50 members of Congress sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump asking him to exempt the Social Security Administration from the federal hiring freeze "to ensure that the American people receive the first-class service they have...

Change in Washington shouldn't include cutting tax deferrals

March 26, 2017

It seems incomprehensible that lawmakers would do anything that would reduce incentives for Americans saving for retirement, but the Republican-controlled Congress and the Trump administration just may have 401(k) plans on their radar as a way...

Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley: A tale of two fiduciary 401(k) business models

March 24, 2017

The wealth management units at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley within the past few weeks announced substantive changes to their respective 401(k) businesses, and while each approach shares common ground they also differ in notable ways. Where...

Morgan Stanley eliminating commissions, finder's fees in 401(k) plans

March 24, 2017

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management is eliminating commission payments and finder's fees for its advisers servicing 401(k) plans, shifting entirely to a level compensation arrangement based on plan assets, according to a source with knowledge of...

Bipartisan bill seeks to ease hurdle for small-business retirement plans

March 22, 2017

In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, Republican and Democratic senators and representatives have introduced a bill that would make it easier for small businesses to offer retirement plans to their employees. "For smaller employers, offering...

Taxpayers only hurting themselves by not mentioning their nondeductible IRA contributions

March 22, 2017

By now nearly all taxpayers have begun the arduous task of compiling the information needed to prepare their 2016 tax return, including sifting through receipts and statements to determine what's needed for the return and what is just noise....

March 21, 2017

Generalist 401(k) advisers, or those who don't specialize in retirement plan business, are essential to a well-functioning retirement plan market, which shouldn't be served only by so-called specialists, say industry executives at the National...

Retirement market needs 401(k) generalists, not just specialists: execs

March 21, 2017

Generalist 401(k) advisers, or those who don't specialize in retirement plan business, are essential to a well-functioning retirement plan market, which shouldn't be served only by so-called specialists, say industry executives at the National...

401(k) plan sponsors want financial advisers to better know their businesses

March 21, 2017

Employers sponsoring 401(k) plans want advisers to challenge their assumptions and commit to knowing their specific company and their industry, a panel of plan sponsors said Monday at the National Association of Plan Advisors annual conference...

Tax reform could be 'way worse' for retirement industry than Department of Labor's fiduciary rule: Graff

March 20, 2017

Some of the reforms being weighed in Washington as part of a comprehensive tax-reform package could end up having a much more negative impact on the retirement industry than the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, warns an executive with the...

Large advisory shops build custom target-date funds

March 19, 2017

Advisory practices with tens of billions in defined-contribution-plan assets are building custom target-date funds for advisers to use with clients, leveraging their scale to deliver low-cost funds to even the smallest retirement plans and,...

Despite uncertainty, Department of Labor fiduciary rule upends 401(k) biz

March 19, 2017

Even though its fate is unclear, the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is upending the retirement plan adviser market, which spans the adviser spectrum from "dabblers" to defined contribution "specialists." Observers say such changes began...

Social media's place in marketing

March 19, 2017

I​ didn't start my career in marketing. In fact, my first desire to understand marketing was because I had a sizable sales goal. My position required me to reach a national audience with little to no brand recognition — or marketing budget....

Metamorphosis of DC investment-only wholesalers

March 19, 2017

In the 1949 Arthur Miller play "Death of a Salesman," 63-year-old Willy Loman confronts his future. Bombastic and unrealistic, Mr. Loman looks in the mirror and sees few, if any, viable or attractive alternatives. Though it's not as bleak, financial...

Faltering congressional support for auto-IRAs leaves legislation up to states

March 19, 2017

Our private pension system has accomplished a great deal. Employer-sponsored plans provide meaningful benefits to tens of millions of middle-income working families, supplementing Social Security, and have accumulated the largest pool of investment...

Plan sponsors want help with DOL fiduciary duties

March 19, 2017

Plan sponsors worry about participants suing over inferior investment choices or high fees. At the same time, they're anxious about the Labor Department or Internal Revenue Service finding fault with their plan design or processes. They want...

Retirement gets a deeper dive

March 19, 2017

As you can probably guess by the launch of our RPA supplement, InvestmentNews is stepping up its game when it comes to producing compelling editorial content for financial advisers who serve retirement plan sponsors and participants. InvestmentNews'...

Small-market retirement plan advisers face big-time challenges

March 16, 2017

Once upon a time, defined contribution plans seemed to be "set it and forget it" tools for plan participants. Organizations would decide to offer a vehicle for retirement savings and put the plan in place for employees to defer money. From that...

Some active target-date fund managers shine as passive management continues 401(k) onslaught

March 16, 2017

While passive management continued its steady climb in the target-date fund market, a few asset managers with actively-managed TDFs managed to outshine their indexing counterparts in 2016. Target-date fund assets held by passive managers, led...

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